McCue wrote:Frats can (for the most part) force people to participate until they become interested themselves. Removing frats not only removed a number of competitors (giving the event overall less prestige), but it also hurt the baseline level of rank-and-file involvement they guaranteed. A lot of those sleepy pledges would grow up to be chairmen or members of sweepstakes themselves.
The death of frats is worse for booth, though. I felt like I was walking through a sparsely populated favela. Can't wait for when they move it to the maggie mo parking lot and they're that much closer together. Next year's carnival theme: Kowloon Walled City!
Booth was worse this year than in the past years for sure, Aepi was pretty impressive, the rest were meh.
However the thing is that when frats die, CMU puts a new frat or sorority on the quad, and they have all built booths.
Forgive me if I'm wrong but all of: Phidelt, sigep, KKG, tridelt, AchiO, theta, DG, SAE, Aepi, DTD did booth (well, DG, and AchiO attempted booth, didn't finish in time this year), meaning the only Greek on the quad to not do booth was KapSig (and I might be wrong and they did do booth, not sure).
Meanwhile only Sigep, SAE, and Phidelt have buggy teams. Tridelt at least has a lot of members driving or pushing on other buggy teams.
Fraternities being able to "force" members to do buggy is good (for buggy, that is), but only if the fraternities themselves are interested in doing buggy.
And yeah, I agree that the Sweepstakes Chairs have done a good job this year. Very few incidents where teams were mad at sweepstakes, and they got the second or third biggest fraternity on campus (in membership numbers, IIRC) to start a buggy team.